Birmingham considers tax bill ordinance

Banks asking township for proof of duplicate bill charge; supervisors sign off on Rt. 926 bridge plan

By Nicole Brown, Correspondent,

BIRMINGHAM — Keeping the meeting short and sweet, township Supervisors addressed a few crucial topics at the township meeting on Tuesday.

The supervisors discussed the $20 fee charged for supplying a duplicate tax bill to mortgage companies. Each time a mortgage company requests a copy of any resident’s tax bill (that has already been sent out to the resident), the tax collector charges the company $20. Mortgage companies are asking for proof that the township has the authorization to charge them this fee.

Therefore, the tax collector requested that the fee become an official ordinance in order to prevent any future questioning. The supervisors approved the fee, and they plan to include it as a new ordinance.

The next topic concerned the current paving on South New Street. Supervisor William Kirkpatrick explained that there is a culvert underneath the road that is probably clogged. He proposed the investigation of the culvert in order to prevent any future damage. The investigation and cleaning will cost roughly between $1,300 and $1,500. Despite the surprise in the price, the supervisors approved this proposal.

Lastly, Supervisor John Conklin announced that the township voted and agreed on the PennDOT plan for the rebuilding of the 926 bridge with Pocopson township. “I think that we should support it in any way we can,” said Conklin. There have been attempts to develop an amiable plan since 2000.

The actual replacement of the bridge will not begin until 2014, but with both townships in agreement, more plans regarding flood control and traffic patterns during construction are being made.

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